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Sports Day 2021

11th June 2021

ESB Science Blast- Award winners!

9th June 2021

 

A huge congratulations to our Primary 7 class who won a trophy for their highly commended efforts in the recent ‘ESB Science Blast’ project. They received their wonderful feedback from the judge today (Dr. Penny, a Trinity College Dublin Professor) and were then awarded with the trophy. They are over the moon with this commendation and it’s a wonderful way to enter in to their final few weeks in school. Well done everybody- you've made your school so proud!

STEM DAY

8th June 2021

 

Today, Primary 7 welcomed back James from the Sentinus charity, to take part in some STEM related activities. Today's focus was flight. The pupils created paper airplanes and tested these using a launch machine. Then, they created their own 'helicopters', using the forces created with elastic bands. Finally, they created their own rockets and had amazing fun and learning through launching these and using trial and improvement to make their rocket more effective. 

 

See some of the amazing photos and videos below!

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ESB Science Blast!

27th May 2021

 

Today, Primary 7 presented their ESB Science Blast project to Dr. Penny Humby, from Trinity College, Dublin.

 

Primary 7 introduced themselves, led through their presentation of research and then answered questions from Dr. Penny, relating to their project.

 

It was an amazing experience for Primary 7 and they are early awaiting their feedback session with Dr. Penny in the near future!

 

ESB Science Blast- The experiment!

21st May 2021

 

 

Today, primary 7 took part in the experiment for their ESB Science blast project. their chosen question is: 'Why do 'mentos' make cola fizzy? 

Primary 7 will now evaluate their findings, ahead of presenting them to a scientist next week!

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Sports Week- Team Games

18th May 2021

 

This week, Primary 7 took part in team games, as part of the Sports Week activities. It's been a great week so far!

May- The month of Mary

7th May 2021

 

As part of our school Celebration of the month of Mary, Primary 7 recreated May processions and May altars, using Minecraft. These included representations of the key features of a procession/ May altar. Check out their wonderful work below!

New Daily Mile Track 

5th May 2021

 

Primary 7 have been working hard since returning to school on their mental and physical well-being and part of this has been developing endurance levels when being active. We have been building up our ‘Daily Mile’ running/walking by adding 20 seconds to our time each day- we are almost at the one mile mark and have worked our way up to 7 minutes! 
The new school ‘Daily Mile’ track is a fantastic addition to our wonderful school facilities and Primary 7 have highly enjoyed ‘pounding the path’ in their runs this week! 

Bubble Clubs

5th May 2021

 

Have a look at some photos from our recent Bubble Clubs. Our themes so far have included: Art Club, Science/Eco Club and Construction Club!

‘Healthy Me’

Action Mental Health Workshop

29th April 2021

 

Primary 7 had a great mornings with Leah, from the Charity ‘Action Mental Health’. The children learnt to ‘take 5’ in order to have a healthy mind and they had great fun exploring a range of tasks. Huge thanks to AMH for their co-operation and support to our Primary 7s (and the whole School community) this year. 
you can find out more at https://www.amh.org.uk

 

STEAM Bubble Club
 

 

STEM Day!

Tuesday 20th April 2021 

 

As part of their STEAM learning and to help them celebrate Earth week, Primary 7 had a great day taking part in a STEM workshop, led by James from the SENTINUS group. 

 

In the workshop, they focused on renewable energy and the sources of this. Pupils created their own Wind Turbine, explored the KW wattage their body produces, created a solar powered turbine (which worked!) as well as develop their own working motor. 

 

It was a fantastic day for all involved and Primary 7 highly enjoyed being so creative within their learning! 

'ESB Science Blast'

Coming soon!

 

 

Keep an eye on the Primary 7 class page over the coming weeks... we are taking part in ESB Science Blast! This is an All-Ireland Competition, where Primary 7 aged pupils across Ireland create and take part in any experiment of their choice: which will then be judged by a professional. 

 

Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks! See http://www.esbscienceblast.com/ for more information on the competition.

Easter Egg Hunt

31st March 2021

 

Primary 7 had a wonderful time today, taking part in the Primary 7 Easter Egg hunt! They used skills in Numeracy and Literacy problem solving, to find clues and eventually lead them to the hidden egg. Much fun was had by all!

 

The Easter Resurrection

29th March 2021

 

As part of our class preparations for Easter, we have been exploring the resurrection events of Easter. We discovered three different versions of the resurrection story; all from John’s Gospel. From this, pupils created a ‘scene capture’, based on one of the versions. This included a visual representation of what happened in the story, as well as the key phrase/ words from that story.

 

Primary 7 were particularly proud of their developments in creative drawing and the developments in their sketching!

 

'Baaaaaasking' in fun with the Spring Lambs!

30th March 2021

 

Primary 7 had wonderful fun meeting one of the lambs that came to visit our school today. It was great fun feeding her, petting her and seeing her run and skip about. We also had a great chat about what the farming life entails. There's great enthusiasm in Primary 7 for a life of farming- the future of Agriculture is in safe hands (although there wasn't great enthusiasm for the early morning starts!). 

 

 

The Stations of the cross

25th March 2021

 

As part of our class preparations for holy week and the Easter celebrations, Primary 7 have been exploring in depth, 'The Passion' of Christ and Jesus' journey through Old Jerusalem on his final day on Earth. This has included exploring the significant landmarks from the passion that are still present today in Jerusalem, as well as recognising the significance of each of the fourteen stations of the cross and what they teach us about our faith. 

 

Have a look below for some images of what we've been up to, as well as photos of pupils' 'Stations of the Cross' artistic reconstruction.  

 

 

Welcome back Primary 7!

22nd-26th March 2021

 

We have been having a wonderful week in Primary 7, where the children have returned after the period of school closure. Both kids and adults have been having great fun seeing eachother again and taking part in many practical activities! 

 

See below for some pictures of Primary 7 enjoying their first week back. **More photos to follow

 

 

 

 

Sink or Float?

 

This week, Primary 7 took part in a ‘sink or float’ experiment, as part of their Titanic World Around Us learning. It was great fun and as a class, Primary 7 made a range of interesting conclusions! 
The biggest shock came when Primary 7 realised that an orange will float- but a peeled orange will sink!

Adding an Extra Layer to our Titanic Creations

Titanic Creations!

 

Primary 7 undertook the next stage of their Titanic replica creations. This stage involved using Papier Mache skills to add an external shell to their clay models. This will add some protection to the structure of their boat, as well as allow them to be painted next week. Have a look a the photos below to see how they got on! 

Advent

 

 

In today’s Golden Time, Primary 7 used their learning from today’s Advent Assembly to create a symbol of the Advent celebration. They used Minecraft skills to complete this. Have a look below at some of the creations!

Christmas Art Bubble Club

 

Primary 7 had great fun this week at bubble club- They got to create wonderful Christmas art! Just in time before the beginning of the season of Advent, which begins on Sunday.

Anti-Bullying Week!

 

In Primary 7, we took part in a variety of discussions and learning relating to Anti-Bullying Week. Our focus in particular was on the increasing rates of Cyber-Bullying and how to be a 'buddy, not bully- online'.

 

As part of our learning, we animated our own videos, using the Puppet Pals App. This required us to show strong creativity, create a short script and use editing tools and awareness, in order to create our video.

 

We had a great time creating these videos! Have a look below at the video which won the treat for P7 Anti-Bullying work of the week!

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Circuit Breakers!

 

With all the talk of Circuit breakers, Primary 7 took the opportunity to create electrical circuits, as part of this week’s Golden Time activities. 
 

When creating the circuits, pupils;

  • Created full circuits
  • Used circuits to light up bulbs and run motors
  • Investigated how switches would change the circuits (in preparation for next week’s activity)
  • Investigated how the circuits could be made bigger.

 

Primary 7 found the activity very enjoyable and are looking forward to bringing their learning further in next week’s Golden Time!


See some photos of our activity in the slideshow below! 

Titanic creations on Minecraft!

 

Our class made some outstanding creations on Minecraft, relating to their learning of ‘The Titanic’ in the World Around Us. They were tasked with creating a replica of the ships external appearance, or else a visualisation of the first class dining/ sleeping facilities aboard the Titanic.


Check out some examples of the outstanding ICT and STEAM skills in the slideshow below! πŸ›³πŸ›³πŸ›³

 

The USA Presidential Election πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

 

As part of our World Around Us learning, Primary 7 took a week away from their Titanic learning to extensively cover the US presidential election (as the parents have no doubt heard about from the kids at home!). 
 

This included looking at the main candidates and their life stories, the policies most aligned to the two candidates, the Republican and Democrat parties and the structure of the US election in terms of electoral college votes per state. This was done at whole class level, as well as through independent research. Our primary sources of evidence were www.rte.ie, BBC newsround and CNN international. 

 

There was huge excitement in our class, in the days following the election. We intensively followed the live voting tracker and the interactive USA map to keep up to speed with results. The Primary 7 Girls and Boys were particularly intrigued by the ‘swing states’ and the ‘flip states’. 
 

Overall, the election coverage was immensely enjoyed by all in the class and will no doubt be one of the memorable moments in their Primary 7 story.  

Titanic Newspaper exploration!

 

Primary 7 had a very exciting World Around Us lesson this week- they got to explore ORIGINAL newspaper articles from the period of the Titanic's sinking. (They were very careful!)

 

In these articles, we were able to explore the first reports of the disaster, some new information about the events after the ship's sinking and eye-witness reports. We also got to discuss the importance of primary and secondary evidence when learning about historical events.

 

See some photos below!

School Mass

 

Primary 7 enjoyed participating remotely in our local parish Church services- in particular, the monthly school mass. It also reminded them of the importance of being together as a parish community in these times.

Phonics in everyday life!

 

Today, P7 searched through newspaper reports, trying to find examples of the ‘igh’ sound within the newspapers.
It also allowed them to explore the features of a newspaper, as well as discuss some of the latest news stories and what they means for our community and society.

Halloween Bubble Club!

 

The P7 Bubble Club members had great fun on Wednesday. they spent time learning about the History of Halloween, its link to Ireland and creating some cool Halloween crafts!

Maths Week!

As part of maths Week, we took part in a range of Maths games and Problem-Solving challenges!

Some of these included:

  • The problem solving maze!

  • The Place value dice challenge

  • What’s the Question?

  • ‘How many handshakes?’ riddle.

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Bubble Club- STEM!

 

As part of the Construction bubble club, today the children took part in STEM tasks.

 

This meant that each child was given a series of materials and were tasked with creating a certain object. The challenges included:

 

  • Making a 4/6 wheeled car, that moves in a straight line when pushed
  • Creating an object that can spin freely
  • Completing a 'Marble Run', where a marble can run through an obstacle course independently, from start to finish.  

 

Everyone had excellent fun and didn't want the task to end!

 

See photos and video below!

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BOUNCE Workshop

 

Thursday 17th September

 

Today, Jenna from the charity, Bernardos, came to talk to Primary 7 and deliver a workshop. This was about using BOUNCE techniques to develop resilience and techniques live more positively.

 

The class learnt so much from this session and loved receiving their own BOUNCE pocket card, to remind them of the techniques.

Titanic Boat creations!

This week, Primary 7 began designing and creating their own Titanic replicas. To begin, we are focusing on creating the ship's funnels, as well as the flags from the mast.

 

Everyone is very eager to move to the next stage, next week! They are really enjoying this leanring in 'The World Around Us' and STEAM.  Further updates to follow next week!

Panini cards football challenge

 

As part of our Mental Maths learning, we took part in quickfire addition and subtraction number games, using the Panini 'Premier League' cards. We had great fun with this, as well as with entering the Panini trophy design competition!

The Titanic!

 

Primary 7 have been working very hard this week in their World Around Us learning, to explore the key and luxurious features of HMS Titanic- 'The Unsinkable Ship'!

 

More pictures to follow next week!

Roald Dahl Day!

Friday 11th September

Today, we celebrated Roald dahl day. In Literacy, we explored our understanding of Suffixes, by looking at the famous Roald Dahl ‘Gobblefunk’ words, from ‘The BFG’. This included us looking at some of Roald Dahl’s famous Gobblefunk words, as well as creating our own!

To mark the special day, we also had a Golden Ticket surprise, where each pupil got to choose an envelope and see if they found the Golden Ticket. Well done to Rory and Cora who found the tickets and won themselves a lovely bar of chocolate… in true Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka style!

 

 

 

 

Virtual Assembly

 

Primary 7 loved interacting with their first virtual Assembly!

 

During the assembly, it was announced that Amelia and Dontay were the P7 pupils of the week. Well done to them both, as well as the entire class, for their excellent start to life in Primary 7. 

Sphero Balls!

Thursday 3rd September

 

Primary 7 had a school exclusive today, when we got to try out the school's new SPHERO Balls! These are controlled using the iPads and can be controlled through an e-remote, or by adding directions and instructions on the iPad.

 

Linking with our Numeracy and STEAM learning, we completed a range of activities, including;

 

  • Trying to program Sphero to draw a range of 2D shapes
  • Programming Sphero to navigate around a course
  • Programming Sphero to knock down the ‘Bowling Pins’.   

 

 

It's fair to say that everyone had a brilliant time exploring with SPHERO... We can't wait to take on some new SPHERO challenges next week!

 

** See slideshow below for photos**

 

 

Primary 7 Class Charter

 

To begin our new school year, the pupils in Primary 7 have been working on the development of a class charter.

 

This involved exploring the 'rights' which we have as a class and as an individual within school, as well as the 'responsibilities' which we must upkeep within our school environment.

 

The pupils signed this class charter which a 'character handprint'- which symbolises elements of their personality.

 

 

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